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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 28
  2. Negative: 14 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Sep 27, 2014
    88
    This film is a winner. It will not only entertain you, but also make you think about what it takes to bring happiness into your own life.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 2, 2014
    50
    An awkward blend of fable, travelogue and relationship drama, it's the story's hybrid style, vapid message and predictable arc that disappoint.
  3. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 21, 2014
    42
    There’s more existential wisdom in five random, zombie-infested minutes of Shaun Of The Dead than in the full two hours of this feel-good folly.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Sep 25, 2014
    38
    Though not everyone agrees, Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” came close to finding the secret for making a movie about the secret of happiness. Peter Chelsom’s Hector and the Search for Happiness tries hard, but fails. Miserably.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 19, 2014
    30
    The film aims for twee, but lands on torturous. It’s narcissism blown up to a global scale, in the guise of a quirky voyage of self-discovery.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Sep 19, 2014
    25
    It culminates in a weepy climax that verifies its status as a proud hunk of propaganda from America's massive self-help industry.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 17, 2014
    0
    Even with appearances by such dependable performers as Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer and Jean Reno, the interminable Hector and the Search for Happiness will most likely inspire audiences to search for the exit door.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    Please don't go by what the "critics" have to say here. This is a VERY different from role for Pegg, so for people that have thisPlease don't go by what the "critics" have to say here. This is a VERY different from role for Pegg, so for people that have this preconceived notion that this is a typical Pegg movie, you are going to be greatly disappointed. This movie is a "journey" into searching within ourselves. I am sure that everyone well relate to different parts of the this movie. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    Best movie of the year and my new personal favorite. I went through and read the critics reviews and the only reason I can see why they gaveBest movie of the year and my new personal favorite. I went through and read the critics reviews and the only reason I can see why they gave this film such bad ratings is that they accidentally went and saw transformers 4. This movie is just plain fantastic. Wonderful story, funny but moving at the same time. Pegg is just as amazing as ever. Please don't listen to the critics! This film is AMAZING! Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm sorry, but the critics don't know what they are talking about. If you watch this movie, and you don't experience some empathy with Hector or any of the many relate-able characters, you yourself need some therapy.

    Spoilers follow: As the title states this film is the search for happiness.

    The story follows a man who is content with his job which is analyzing how and why others are not so, and how to improve upon their lives without any knowledge himself. Upon his realization of said character flaw he seeks happiness for himself. As the story confronts the character with common notions of happiness and/or conflict, his reactions to said circumstances lead to his own determination of his definition of happiness by the end of the movie.
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  4. Dec 10, 2014
    8
    I thought it was great. It did not have any real surprises, but it did entertain. Acting was good. Overall nice to see a quaint movie thatI thought it was great. It did not have any real surprises, but it did entertain. Acting was good. Overall nice to see a quaint movie that includes no explosions. The scene in the small airplane with the outside the plane special effects was really cool. Expand
  5. Sep 25, 2014
    8
    24 On Metacritic? Lower than Transformers 2 and 4? How. This movie is not bad. Not even close.. Yes it could have improved on a couple of24 On Metacritic? Lower than Transformers 2 and 4? How. This movie is not bad. Not even close.. Yes it could have improved on a couple of things like lowering the runtime and having some messages that contradict one another. The acting is superb by Simon Pegg and every one else... Soundtrack? Quite good. Overall for a full ticket price you should maybe see this, but for say matinee prices you should definitely watch this. Expand
  6. Feb 20, 2015
    8
    Hector, unlike the rest of us who have visited 50/100+ countries (insert your chosen feel-good comment to compare with Facebook friends), hasHector, unlike the rest of us who have visited 50/100+ countries (insert your chosen feel-good comment to compare with Facebook friends), has visited no countries outside of England, probably not even outside W1. That's the point - not that we should feel better/superior than the character. It's a storybook model, hence the Christopher Plummer voiceover at the start and end. One of the best told stories, despite the Hallmark card bullet points, of the year. Expand
  7. Feb 11, 2015
    0
    It's been a long time since I saw such a pathetically trite movie. Even the list of big-name stars can't save this sorry excuse for popIt's been a long time since I saw such a pathetically trite movie. Even the list of big-name stars can't save this sorry excuse for pop psychology. Hector travels the world in a search for happiness ... if you didn't guess where he'd find it in the first 5 minutes then you're an alien. Expand

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